Compelling games aplenty on 2015 NFL slate

AP

As we ready for the 2015 NFL schedule to be released Tuesday night at 8 p.m., here are 12 games that could be marquee matchups wherever they land on the schedule, whether it’s Week One or Week 17:

GAMES SCHEDULED TO BE PLAYED (DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED TUESDAY)

New England at Indianapolis — Can the Colts’ defense offer a little more resistance this year?

Pittsburgh at Baltimore — Still one of the NFL’s top rivalries, even as some of the stars who shined in these battle royales exit stage left.

New England at Buffalo — For years, the Patriots have dominated this matchup. Can the Bills begin to close the gap?

Denver at Indianapolis — Will this be Peyton Manning’s final game at Lucas Oil Stadium?

Seattle at Baltimore — It seems like these guys should play more often. Let’s work on this.

Philadelphia at Dallas — The NFC East’s last two champions square off as DeMarco Murray returns to Texas.

Green Bay at Denver — Can the retooling Broncos make one more run with their future Hall of Fame quarterback? This is the sort of game an AFC-title contender should be able to gut out at home, even against top-caliber Green Bay.

Philadelphia at New England — Two innovative clubs so effective when it comes to dialing up the pace meet in this intriguing non-conference matchup.

Arizona at Seattle — The Cardinals didn’t have quarterback Carson Palmer in either matchup with Seattle a season ago.

Seattle at San Francisco — This rivalry will lose its punch if the 49ers are meek and middling.

GAMES WITH DATE ALREADY REPORTED

Pittsburgh at New England (reportedly set for Week One) — The Steelers are 17-8 since losing 55-31 in Foxborough in 2013. (It looks like this game will open the regular season.)

Seattle at Green Bay (reportedly set for Week Two) — The Seahawks can’t break the Packers’ hearts again  . . . can they?

44 responses to “Compelling games aplenty on 2015 NFL slate

  1. Packers will probably be without 3-6 starters in week two due to the usual rash of pre-season injuries, and drop their home game to Seattle.

  2. Might see Steve Smith and Richard Sherman trash talking in Sea vs Bal…would be criminal if they aren’t mic’d up.

  3. Pitt vs Bal won’t be that compelling. The last regular season game they played, Ben hung 6 TD’s on that defense.

  4. Ahhhm; Pats Vs Broncos @ Denver??!!
    BRADY VS MANNING….wont be seeing that too much longer!!!

  5. Steelers / Ravens compelling? I don’t think so. Oz keeps the Ravens at the top of the heap every year while the Steelers can’t seem to get the hang of that “draft thingy” the league has every year.

    Go Oz

  6. They didn’t mention two very special games…….each time the Vikings play Green Bay.

    IT’S THE SUPERBOWL FOR THE VIKINGS, PEOPLE!!!!!

    How could they miss that?

  7. Shame on you Norseman..
    How very Packer-Troll like you… to post an Anti-Packers comment on a thread not really about them.

    Don’t stoop to their level. Surprised you beat them to it…

  8. Want Baltimore and Seattle to play eachother more often? Vote to end the stupidity that is divisions and conferences.

    That way all teams would end up playing half the NFL one season, half the next season. All teams would play other teams in a 2 year span.

    And even more often if you make the playoffs. The only “argument” to this is that it ruins “rivalries.” But the only rivalries people should care about is when teams meet eachother in the playoffs year after year.

    No divisions and conferences also means when you seed the playoffs by record… You can have any possible super bowl match-up. No automatic bid just because someone from each conference “HAS” to go.

  9. Seattle vs SF…. snicker snicker…

    That matchup has never been close. Seattle has been whoopin that dog like a redheaded stepchild for years, and now the Whiners are back to their regular selves. Those 2 games won’t even be close.

  10. Seattle and Baltimore should definitely play more often. That’s a good matchup.

  11. So I am really confused. The below statement appears to state that in 25 games SINCE their loss in New England 55 – 31, the Steelers have gone 18-7. Not sure on the math there as at MOST, the Steelers would visit NE 2 times a year. 1 regular season 1 post-season. So, they visited 25 times in 2 seasons?

    GAMES WITH DATE ALREADY REPORTED

    Pittsburgh at New England (reportedly set for Week One) — The Steelers are 17-8 since losing 55-31 in Foxborough in 2013. (It looks like this game will open the regular season.)

  12. juliusanonymous says:
    Apr 21, 2015 5:35 PM

    Seattle vs SF…. snicker snicker…

    That matchup has never been close. Seattle has been whoopin that dog like a redheaded stepchild for years, and now the Whiners are back to their regular selves. Those 2 games won’t even be close.

    ————————————————————–

    Since 2010 the Niner/Seattle regular season games have been split 5-5. Thank you once again for proving what a bandwagon hoping hack the 1-2’s are.

  13. green bay will open at chicago, end season at home vs minnesota

    vikings last 3 weeks:
    vs chicago
    vs giants
    at green bay

  14. I will always remember the beating Tom Brady escaped in 2008, in New England, at the hands of the Steelers. The future world champs marched into Foxborough taking no prisoners. Harrison was in his prime, unblockable, simply terrorizing the QB (the poor backup Brady left to absorb the punishment instead). The whole Steeler defense delivered hit after hit, leaving the New England offense intimidated that day. (Welker got knocked out of the game, and Moss himself dropped a couple easy grabs, hearing footsteps).

    Bradyof course would have been terrorized, like the first Super Bowl vs. the Giants, but worse. No doubt he was sitting in the owner’s box all relieved, watching the pounding Harrison was dishing out. Watching no member of the New England line being able to block him. This was the beating that should have been yours, Tom Brady, the only reason you have that vaunted “undefeated vs. the Steelers in New England” record going, that Pats fans love to reference.

    This was the richly deserved beating left to your understudy to suffer instead. Tsk tsk.

    Final tally of the devastation: Steelers 33, Patriots 10 in what should come to be known as “Smack the Pats Bowl.” Or “the beating Tom Brady escaped.”

  15. braceyourselffor12 says:
    Apr 21, 2015 5:59 PM

    Since 2010 the Niner/Seattle regular season games have been split 5-5. Thank you once again for proving what a bandwagon hoping hack the 1-2’s are.

    ___

    Since 1976 Whiners/Seahawks regular season games have been 15 wins / 18 losses…. whats your point hack? Its time for you to pull up a chair grab some marsh mellows and start roasting them over that dumpster fire in Santa Clara, its going to be fun watching the whiners go 7-9 this year.

  16. braceyourselffor12 says:
    Since 2010 the Niner/Seattle regular season games have been split 5-5. Thank you once again for proving what a bandwagon hoping hack the 1-2’s are.
    ———————————————————-
    3 in a row, 5 out of 6 and we’ve outscored you by a combined 147-62. We completely own you. The 49ers run is over and the Seahawks is just beginning and you can’t stand it.

    #dominance

  17. sundaybutter says:
    Apr 21, 2015 6:37 PM

    Since 1976?

    I would bother asking if you realize that the Niners were in a different conference for over two decades but what’s the point. Your favorite team prior to 2012 was the Sounders.

    As for the SAN FRANCISCO 49ers, despite the messy divorce with Harbaugh this team fields a solid roster and are primed to make another playoff run, hack.

  18. Seriously, primed and ready????

    The only thing that’s been primed this off season in Santa Clara is the lighter fluid being generously poured on that flaming Dumpster!

    Lets look at the head to head record since 2002, which as you noted playing in a difference conference for 2 decades here are the facts: 11 wins / 16 losses by the Santa Clara 40 whiners. Keep dusting off those old stale trophies from decades ago, you better ask yourself what have you won lately???

    Answer: Nothing.

  19. New England Patriots schedule 2015

    Pitt@NE sept 10
    830pm
    NE@Miami sept20
    100pm
    NE@Houston sept27
    430pm
    Bills@NE oct4
    430pm
    NE@ Indy oct12
    830pm
    Jags@NE oct18
    100pm
    Wash@NE oct25
    430pm
    NE@jets Nov 1
    100pm
    Tenn@NE Nov8
    100pm
    Bye
    Philly@NE Nov22
    430pm
    NE@Den Nov26
    830 pm TG
    NE@NYG Dec6
    430pm
    Miami@NE Dec13
    430pm
    NE@bills Dec21
    830
    NE@Dallas Dec27
    830
    Jets@NE Jan3
    430

  20. IT’S THE SUPERBOWL FOR THE VIKINGS, PEOPLE!!!!!
    ))))))))))))))))))))

    Packer troll stealing a line from Bud Grant isn’t that cute. But they are noted for being unoriginal.
    They also tried using America’s Pack for awhile taking from America’s team saying. You have the cheese wedge, Stick with that.

  21. Why is a Santa Clara fan still throwing around bandwagon insults at Seattle fans? 90% of the 49er “faithful” went MIA as soon as it became clear the team wasn’t going to do as well as recent years. Like seriously, look at the comment sections here, ESPN, bleacher report, NFL, etc. went from 100’s to 10’s before mid season and most of the comments are just people laughing at you guys. Also how bout all the “diehard fans” who bought season tickets and are now selling them back for half of what they paid lmao. On the bright side now you can stop pretending you’re loyal football fans and focus your attention on pretending to be NBA or baseball fans. See you guys later this season(if the 9ers are winning)!

  22. “….This was the richly deserved beating left to your understudy to suffer instead. Tsk tsk.

    Final tally of the devastation: Steelers 33, Patriots 10 in what should come to be known as “Smack the Pats Bowl.” Or “the beating Tom Brady escaped.”

    =================================
    yet, when given the chance to give Tom Brady a lesson to remember 2 seasons later, with Harrison still on the team, what happened?
    WHAT happened?

    How many sacks?
    HOW many?

  23. One of the funniest things in the whole world is listening to SF Giants/Raiders/Sharks fans try to trash-talk Seahawk fans about loyalty.

    Your house is empty. I haven’t seen a real 49er fan anywhere since the late 1980’s. I work out of the Bay Area and am there all the time, there aren’t even any 49er fans in the city. Drive around and all you see is Giants gear.

    I was there, last Thanksgiving, in your brand new stadium, watching my Seahawks utterly humiliate the whiners – and “Mom Jeans Stadium” was EMPTY. I enjoyed watching Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson eat turkey on your logo, while little Jed stomped his feet and bawled his eyes out and decided to fire the only half-decent coach your franchise has had in the last 20 years. We expected to be harassed by 49er fans but the place was dead by the 4th quarter, literally less than 5000 fans in the stands. And that is a FACT. Go look at the pictures on Google, there is plenty of photo evidence that 49er fans abandoned their team.

    49er fans don’t even exist. You can’t trash-talk anyone about loyalty, because SF doesn’t have any, and your own team doesn’t have loyalty to you. Overcharging for horrible seats in a second-rate stadium with a poor experience to watch a spoiled child stamp his feet on the sidelines and throw your coach under the bus. Y’all are pathetic. You shouldn’t be talking trash, you should be out hiding in your Raiders jersey.

  24. Regardless of what happens it will be hard for another team to lose a game as dumbly as the Hawks did 😂 the Seahawks fans are right they are in a league of there own NO other team will lose like that 😃

  25. Hey Julia I work out of Seattle and prior to 2012 you could not find a single person in anything but College sports gear in that city. Now everyone is sporting their embarrassing “12” jerseys , Mariner gear and even Sounder gear you guys are the biggest group of front running band wagoner sports fans in the history of sport.

    #WILSON2BUTLER

  26. I love watching the 49ers and Seahawks fans bicker like children. Meanwhile the Cardinals are quietly climbing the ranks. Would have put the Seahawks out of the playoffs all together with a healthy Palmer last season. But you guys keep bickering, it’s entertaining to watch.
    NFC West rankings in January
    Arizona
    Seattle
    St. Louis
    San Francisco
    In that order.

  27. I work out of Seattle and prior to 2012 you could not find a single person in anything but College sports gear in that city. Now everyone is sporting their embarrassing “12” jerseys , Mariner gear and even Sounder gear you guys are the biggest group of front running band wagoner sports fans in the history of sport.

    #WILSON2BUTLER

  28. …it will be hard for another team to lose a game as dumbly as the Hawks did …

    It was already done, in the 2013 NFC CG, when Colin SackOrPick thought he could get one over Sherman to his mediocre WR…

    Now, since the last fall-back excuse was “2 decades the Seahawks weren’t even in our division”, let’s take a look at how they’ve done since Realignment…

    2002: 0-2
    2003: 2-0
    2004: 2-0
    2005: 2-0
    2006: 0-2
    2007: 2-0
    2008: 1-1
    2009: 1-1
    2010: 1-1
    2011: 0-2
    2012: 1-1
    2013: 1-1
    2014: 2-0

    I make that 15-11, not counting the post-season (where Seattle is 1-0). So, however you want to slice it, the Seahawks are anywhere from as good to noticeably better than the 49ers. You might want to spend more time finding and correcting the issues that cause that and less time trying to troll with bad data.

  29. jonkybon says:Apr 21, 2015 5:24 PM

    What’s the over/under for how many games NE will bend the rules in this year?

    —-

    What’s the over/under on either/both Harbaugh and the Colts complaining about something the Patriots do that they aren’t ready for this season?

  30. @dacktle49
    Kinda like how now it’s all a bunch of dorks decked out in hideous orange down here? I’m not kidding when I say this, I haven’t seen a single person in a 9er jersey since thanksgiving. I worked in Seattle for most of the 2000’s and it was always a Hawks/Huskies town when I was there. Always had plenty of people to talk football with up there unlike in the bay where if it’s not about Kaepernick they just stare with empty eyes. I remember one guy at work telling me about the 9er/cowboy game and how “one of our main guys” got an interception. That “main guy” was Patrick Willis, he didn’t even know who Patrick Willis was…and yet he’s still one of the more knowledgeable 9er “fans” I know. That’s sad.

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